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The Use of Force topic provides news, information and training on one the most commonly discussed areas in law enforcement training programs. Shooting skills and defensive tactics are critical to keeping officers alive out of harm's way. We cover all subjects—nothing is taboo in this discussion.
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Use of force: Defining 'objectively-reasonable' force Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Use of force: Defining 'objectively-reasonable' force

The term “objectively reasonable” is the true — and most accurate — legal standard when both teaching use of force, and/or evaluating an officer’s past use of force - Full Story


Bystander helps officer restrain drunk driver

The officer restrained a driver after his blue lights were ignored and a bystander stepped in - Full Story


Video: Cop's gun discharges in Walmart parking lot

Court records say a constable told police his gun fired accidentally after a shoplifting suspect drove over his foot in a Walmart parking lot - Full Story


Authorities: Less-lethal device used on woman at drive-thru

A woman blocked a McDonald's drive-thru for 20 minutes after employees refused to serve her - Full Story


Attorney questions 2nd round of shots in Carl's Jr. shooting

Two officers responded to a 911 call that a man was smashing the restaurant's windows with a large pipe bender - Full Story


Md. cop involved in fatal shooting

The Anne Arundel officer is a 19-year veteran who works in the Northern District - Full Story


Calif. cop acquitted of all charges in brutality case

The jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Dedrick Riley, 42, not guilty of unnecessary assault by an officer - Full Story


Autistic teen killed after threatening cops

A teen with Asperger's syndrome appeared and "made slashing strikes" while holding a knife, according to police - Full Story


Fatal shootings of Maine dispatcher, 1 other still under investigation

Two months later, the Attorney General's Office and Maine State Police are still investigating a pair of shootings that rocked the town of Dover-Foxcroft - Full Story


Sgt. shoots, kills Ariz. man wielding meat cleaver

A man wielding a meat cleaver reportedly threatened employees, lunged toward the sergeant - Full Story

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